BBBS Reads members work with VPK through third grade students on their literacy skills in a school-based one-to-one mentoring program. They meet with students three times a week for 30 minutes at assigned school sites.
In addition to literacy skills, VPK students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to participate in family literacy nights and Saturday community learning events at sites such as the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the Riverside Children’s Theater, and the Environmental Learning Center.
The service year runs from August through July. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All members receive a modest living allowance and some members are eligible for an education award.
Ready to be a Reads member?
- Complete the online application below.
- A BBBS team member will contact you to discuss the next steps, which include providing references, participating in an in-person interview and a background check.
Littles in 2022-2023 achieved
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Match
According to a nationwide study, our one-to-one matches are the driving force behind making an impact on children. A Big Brothers Big Sisters’ match is carefully administered and held to the strictest standards. Agency staff strives for matches that are not only safe and well suited to each child’s needs, but also harmonious and built to last.
But don’t just think of us as simply matchmakers. We provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little, and the Little’s family. We offer training and advice to help ensure that the match is working for everyone involved. Our local agencies even receive their own ongoing training and consulting from the Big Brothers Big Sisters national office. It is this web of support that helps maximize the likelihood that a Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship will thrive.
The study found that Big Brothers Big Sisters’ matches consistently spend more time together, and continue as a match for longer periods, than those in other mentoring programs which Public/Private Ventures has studied.
“In mentoring programs without this infrastructure, we have found that relationships evaporate too soon for effects to be possible”, said Walker.